Analysis of William Shakespeare´s The Taming of the Shrew

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“The Taming of the Shrew ‘ is undoubtedly amongst Shakespeare’s most popular and debated comedies .The main subject of contention amongst critics is the apparent misogynistic elements offered in the play.Some ,like Stevie Davies argue that ‘The Taming of The Shrew ‘ celebrates ‘ female subjugation and mistreatment ‘ .Others see it is a parody of ‘female subjugation’ which grotesquely exaggerates Petruchio’s ‘taming’ of shrewish Katherina and portrays their relationship as a ‘game’ .Whether the play is a ‘parody’ or a celebration of the mistreatment of women depends very much on how we perceive the actions of characters and how social ,political and gender issues influence that perception . Significant to our interpretation of Katherina and Petruchio’s relationship is the Induction .The Induction determines whether we should regard Petruchio and Katherine’s outrageous actions later on in the play ,comically or seriously and their relationship as either a ‘game’ or a reinforcement of the patriarchal society .On one level , the Induction ‘’ frames {our} mind to mirth and merriment’’ ,eliminates any questions of the ‘seriousness of Katherine’s final speech’ ,as Oliver (64) proposes , and farcically describes the Lord’s antics.This trick may well indicate the ‘sadomasochistic game’ in which Petruchio decides to participate with Katherina ,using her obedience and ‘pleasance’ to win him the wager and to prove to the other men that he is a ‘worthy’ and skilful tamer .If the
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